Friday, December 9, 2016

Hope and love—the spirit of Christmas and a good romance novel by Jan Scarbrough #GemsInAttic

Why do we run ourselves ragged before the Christmas holidays? Why do we shop until we drop? Decorate the house inside and out? Fret over new Elf on the Shelf ideas?

Because we have wonderful Christmas memories of family gatherings at grandmother’s house, toys from Santa under the tree, church pageants and choir concerts, and volunteers at red kettles ringing bells in the cold.

We want our holidays to be happy, warm with love, laughter, and hope. We have fun giving to others, not receiving. The smiles of our children and grandchildren are reward for our efforts.

But what happens to people whose lives are in flux? Maybe they are alone at Christmas. Unhappy. Sad. It’s not a pleasant picture in real life, but it’s exactly the kind of picture we authors enjoy painting with characters we love to torture.

Such a character is actress Dawn Smith. A small town girl from Legend, Tennessee, Dawn is famous. Her success in Hollywood came easily. Now things have changed. She needs to get away from the bright lights, but even though she escapes to her hometown, she can’t face family this time of year.

But being a character in a romance novel, my tortured heroine does not remain alone! Why should she when I love happy endings?

Enter Clint Roberts dressed as Santa, a former high school football hero and affable, fun-loving bachelor with a big-time crush on superstar Dawn Smith.

Will they have a happily ever after ending? What do you think?

Hope and love—that’s the beauty of a romance novel and the Christmas season. Without them both, our lives are cheerless.

SANTA’S KISS is on sale now for 99 cents at these retailers.



  1. Christmas can be blue! We've all had them...and they make wonderful fodder for romance stories. :)

  2. Congratulations on the new novel. Sounds so cute.

  3. Congrats on the new release! :-)

    Hugs, Becky


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